Sizing Guide

We have used these sizing guidelines while measuring our clothes. You can follow these guidelines and get a more accurate estimate of the outfit that will be a right fit. If you are in doubt use a garment that fits you well and measure that to compare with the outfit you want to buy.

Start by using a standard tailor’s tape measure, or even a piece of string. If all you have is a ruler, don’t lay it directly on the garment. It’s hard to get accurate measurements this way. Instead, use a piece of string or ribbon to measure the garment, and then measure that with the ruler. 

For Women:

Bust: Measure straight across the back, from the armpit to armpit. Now, measure across the bust in the front, from armpit to armpit. Add both these numbers to get the bust measurement

Waist for salwar kameez and long lehenga tops: The waist is measured 5-6” below the chest. It is usually the smallest part of the kameez. Measure the front from end to end and then double the number.

Waist for lehengas, choli and saree blouse: For the “choli” short tops and saree blouses we measure the upper waist at the bottom of the choli or blouse. Measure from end to end and then double the number. The lehenga will usually fit right around the belly button. Measure the top of the lehenga from end to end and then double the number.

Hip: The hipline at about 3” below the belly button. Measure from end to end and then double the number.

Length for lehenga top/choli or kurta: The length is measured at the middle of the back, from the top of the shoulder to the hemline.

Length for lehenga or salwar: The length is measured from the waist to the hemline 

For Men:

Collar: Measure the distance between the middle of the button hole and the middle of the button on the inside (the part next to your skin) of the collar.

Chest: Measure straight across the back, from the armpit to armpit. Now, measure across the chest in the front, from armpit to armpit. Add both these numbers to get the chest measurement. Sometimes a jacket is cut so that the front is fuller than the back. For absolute accuracy, first measure across the back. Then, starting from the same place in the armpit, measure the front panel across to the button, and the other front panel across to the buttonhole.

Waist for Kurtas/Sherwanis/ Jackets: The waist is usually the smallest part of the garment and is measured around 5-6” below the chest. On men’s shirts this is usually just below the fifth button. Measure the garment end to end at that point and double the number.

Hip: The hipline at about 3” below the belly button. Measure from end to end and then double the number.

Length for Kurtas/ Sherwanis/ Jackets: The length is measured in the middle of the back, from the top of the shoulder to the hemline. Start at the shoulder seam. Don’t include the collar as part of the length.

Pants Waist: Measure the waist across from end to end on the outside and then double.  If measuring from inside the waist measure only to the button or clasp, not to the edge of the fabric. 

Inseam: This is the measurement from the crotch straight down to the end of the leg. (Modest tailor’s tip: Most people’s wrist is about crotch level. If you want you could try measuring from the wrist down to the shoes)

Outseam: This is the measurement from the waist down the outside of the leg. If the pants have an unusually large waistband, don’t include it in your measurements. 

Rise: The outseam minus the inseam gives you the seat area. The rise lets you know whether you’re dealing with a high waist or hiphuggers.